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The children have been working hard this week and should be proud of their achievements. Our English work will continue to focus on The Great Fire of London. We will be drawing on all that we have learnt so far in order to write our very own diary! The diary will give the reader an eyewitness account of what happened during the Fire of London.  

 

We will also start to prepare for Christmas! Your child will be bringing home a jingling bell which they can use to join in with December Carols on your Doorstep. 

 

The next 3 weeks of maths will focus on consolidating what the children have learnt this term. We will be recapping addition and subtraction as well as looking at finding the difference. This is very tricky so it would be great if you could practice this at home. Here is a link to the learning so far: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/week-12-number-multiplication-division/ 

 

Tricky words for reading and spelling: improve, sure, sugar, eye, could, should

Creating the streets of 17th Century London

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S T A R S of the W E E K - Olivia and Freddie - Well done!!!!!

Our learning this week: 

We have had great fun writing a guidebook for the Great Fire of London items borrowed from the museum.

 

We also loved the Skip2bfit workshop and the children were very excited to receive their own skipping ropes. They have been using them at break and lunchtime and trying to beat their own personal best.

 

Next week we'll be continuing our learning about Samuel Pepys and becoming tour guides for 17th Century London. 

 

In maths we will be moving on to multiplication and division and learning all about making equal groups and arrays. 

 

You can watch what we have been learning so far by clicking on the video link.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/week-10-measurement-money/

Tricky words for reading and spelling: plant path bath hour move prove

Skip2bfit

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Christmas card details and how to order. See below for Stars of the Week and our learning for next week.

*FRIDAY 13th November*

Christmas Card Fundraising FOSSA

The children have been busy making Christmas pictures in school this week. The idea is that this artwork can be turned into Christmas cards. As we can't send the artwork home for you to look at I have sent a photo of every child's home with the leaflet and put them on the class page. Over the weekend have a look at your child's artwork and decide if you would like to make an order.

Your child will be bringing home a photograph of a unique code. If you would like to order some Christmas cards then please go to www.apfsorders.co.uk where you will be asked to input the unique code and personalise your orders. 

If you have placed an order, then please bring the leaflet back to school with the unique code written on the back by *Monday 16th November* so that we can submit the original artwork to be scanned. Only the leaflets returned on Monday will be submitted. 

The completed Christmas cards will arrive at the beginning of December.

Thank you.

Christmas Card Artwork

S T A R S of the W E E K! Olly and Reggie! WELL DONE!

Our learning this week: 

The children had a fantastic time at the Diwali Dance Workshop and they enjoyed acting out parts of the story about Rama and Sita. The science investigation was very interesting and children planned and carried out experiments around materials and buckets. 

 

Next week we are starting our Fire of London project and we hope to get the topic off to a spectacular start. The houses that have come in are absolutely incredible! We are going to be making some houses at school to burn so we are asking that each child bring in a cereal box suitable to make a tudor house with. Thank you for helping with this. 

 

In maths we will be continuing with money - making the same amount using different coins, comparing money, finding the total and finding change,

 

Tricky words for reading and spelling: after fast past father class pass

The Great Battle between Ravana and Rama

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Rama and Sita Drama

Our learning this week: 

We have learnt a lot about The Gunpowder Plot and written some interesting newspaper articles and poetry. 

 

This week we will be learning about Hinduism and their creation story. We will also be looking at the festival of Diwali and the story of Rama and Sita. 

In maths we are starting a new topic of money.

 

We are still working hard with our phonics and this week will be recapping: 

New graphemes: Alternative spellings: ee, ch

 

Tricky words for reading and spelling: every, great, break, steak, pretty, beautiful.

S T A R S of the W E E K! Santiago and Zartasha for their absolutely fantastic attitude to learning and always making 100% effort in everything they do. Well done!

Forest School - Gunpowder Plot and leafy fun!

S T A R S  of the  W E E K!

Stella and Oscar for being so kind, positive and full of fun. Well done! 

 

 

Forest School Rota 

Monday 2nd November 

Monday 16th November 

Monday 30th November 

Our learning this week: 

We hope you had a restful and enjoyable half-term break. Our topic for this half term is The Great Fire of London which is a very exciting topic for the children.

 

In writing for the first week to get us into a history mood we will learn all about The Gunpowder Plot. We will be doing history detective work, some drama, writing newspaper articles and poetry. We will be very busy! 

 

In maths we will be recapping all that we have learnt for addition and subtraction.

 

We are still working hard with our phonics and this week will be recapping: 

New graphemes: Alternative spellings: /ai/ /c/

 

Tricky words for reading and spelling: every, great, break, steak, pretty, beautiful



 

S T A R S of the W E E K - Eliza and Alexander for being kind and helpful and working as a team player, WELL DONE !

Our learning this week: 

We have really enjoyed listening to Ten Pieces.  We talked and wrote about our favourite ones. We enjoyed the recorded music but we had even more fun listening to live music from the Saxophone Quartet and watching the film of the Red Balloon as the musicians played. Next week we will be writing about our favourite famous person that we have learnt about this half term. We will also be sewing our hand puppets.

 

In maths next week we will be adding and subtracting two digit numbers in two different ways - 

not crossing ten - 12 + 15 =

and crossing ten - 17 + 14 =

 

We are still working hard with our phonics and this week will be recapping: 

New graphemes: alternative pronunciation of a,  y, ch, ou and learning some spelling rules.

Tricky words for reading and spelling: behind, child, children, wild, most, climb

Making Sukkahs - Forest school

Our learning this week: 

We had great fun making our Sukkahs and luvlas this week to see how Jewish people celebrate Sukkot. The story of Persephone engaged the children and they wrote some very descriptive writing using adjectives and adverbs. This week we will be looking at the BBC Ten pieces, discussing our favourite pieces and writing a creative story with the music as a stimulus. We will also be learning some sewing skills and making hand puppets using the characters from the story of Persephone.

 

In Maths the children will be learning ways to add and subtract 2 digit and 1 digit numbers and two 2 digits numbers for example 12 + 9 and 27 + 14.

 

We are still working hard with our phonics and this week will be recapping: 

New graphemes: Alternative pronunciations: ow, ie, ea, er

Tricky words for reading and spelling: door, floor, poor, because, mind, find.



 

Scarecrows, farmers and animals!

Our finished Sukkahs

Making Sukkahs for Sukkot

Acting out the Story of Persephone. The children played the part of Hades, Persephone and Demeter.

Kandinsky colours

S T A R S of the W E E K Oliver and Theo for fitting in so well into Willow Class and managing all the new things they have to do.

Our learning this week: 

We have really enjoyed learning about Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale, it was obvious that the children had done their research homework which really helped them to understand the topic and the differences between the two women. Willow Class decided that they thought it was unfair that Mary had to wait to have her statue erected until over a hundred years later and Mary should have got her statue first. 

 

This week we will be looking at harvest festivals around the world including the Jewish festival of Sukkot and we will be making a lulav to shake. In writing we will be learning a new story about the seasons from the ancient Greek myth of Persephone.

 

In maths have worked very hard on number bonds and related facts and learning to check their calculations. This week we will be adding and subtracting 1 and 10s, learning 10 more and 10 less and adding a 2 digit and a 1 digit number crossing 10 for example 14 + 9 = 23

 

We are still working hard with our phonics and this week will be recapping: 

New graphemes: alternative pronunciation of i, o. c, g, u.

Tricky words for reading and spelling: little, one, do, when, what, out.

 


 

Wallis and Alice were very, very busy!

Obstacle courses for squirrels

S T A R S of the W E E K - Alice and Oscar for managing the changes we have had so brilliantly. Well done!!!!

Just a reminder - Forest School will be on Monday 28th.

Our learning this week: 

This week we will be moving on to learn about Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale - Key Worker Heroes. We will be looking at how nurses help us and how these pioneers helped to change nursing for the better. We will be discussing how society viewed them both very differently. We will end the week with a clap for nurses and celebrate these two amazing women. 

In maths the children did very well in the place value block and we hope this will stand them in good stead for the year. We will moving on to Addition and Subtraction starting with fact families. Have a look at our fluency maths board for the methods we will be using.

 

 We are still working hard with our phonics and this week will be recapping: 

New graphemes: a_e,   e_e,

 i_ e,  o_e,  u_e

Tricky words for reading and spelling: some come were there

Math Fluency Board

Scissor painting Matisse style!

Today Willow Class voted for their favourite trees in the Woodland Trust Tree of the Year 2020. We voted for the Wilmington Yew in Sussex which is 1600 years old and the Remedy Oak in Dorset. 

 

Here is the link if you want to vote again with your child. 

 

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woods-and-wildlife/british-trees/tree-of-the-year/england/

S T A R S of the W E E K - Ellice and Elsie for setting so well into year 2 Willow Class and being wonderful role models for the class.

Friday afternoon choosing time

Make it like Mondrian

Paint like Picasso

Wallis at home

Our learning this week: 

This week we will be moving on to learning about Helen Keller. The children will learn all about her life and what she is famous for. They will also evaluate how welcoming our school is for a child that is deaf and blind. We will be writing letters to Mrs Holmes to share our findings and recommend some things we could do to improve playtime, guided reading and coming in to school for our fictional character. Not only will this work help us with our writing it will also help develop our empathy for others. 

 

In Maths, we will complete our final week on place value and numbers to 100. Children will be comparing objects and numbers using the language 'less than, greater than equal to'. We will also be revising counting in 2's, 5's and 10's and learning how to count in 3's. Why not have a go at singing along to the video below: 

 

We are still working hard with our phonics and this week will be recapping: 

New graphemes: wh, ph, ew, oe, au, ey

Tricky words for reading and spelling: said, so, have, like

 

Forest School - leaf idials

S T A R S of the W E E K! Amelia and Benny for settling so well in to Willow Class and Year 2. Well done!

Our learning this week: 

The children have made us all proud and settled into year 2 very well. Our topic this term is 'Famous People' and this week we will be learning all about the famous artists; Cezanne and Picasso. We will also be looking at their paintings and using adjectives to describe how we feel when we look at their work. By the end of the week we may have even painted our very own pictures inspired by the two famous artists. Alongside this, we will be reading the book 'Meeting Cezanne' by Michael Morpurgo and writing a book review for others. We are working really hard to extend our sentences alongside remembering finger spaces and punctuation is in the correct place. 

In Maths, we will continue to learn about place value and numbers to 100. Children should be able to read, recognise and write numbers to 100 by the end of the year. We will be learning that numbers can be split into lots of different ways for example; 68 can be 6 tens and 8 ones but it can also be 68 ones or 4 tens and 48 ones. Can you have a go at exploring different numbers at home? 

We are still working hard with our phonics and this week will be recapping: 

New graphemes: oy, ir, ue, aw

Tricky words for reading and spelling: Mr, Mrs, looked, called, asked

WELCOME BACK!  It was lovely to see the children back into school for the first half of the Autumn Term.

 

In Willow Class you will find Miss Eddy and Mrs Horn - any questions speak to us in the morning at the gate or you can email on year2@strathmore.herts.sch.uk

 

Our topic this half term is all about Famous People. 

 

We have a new class mascot called Wallis who is the Willow Tree Keeper. Wallis will go home with a member of Willow Class on Friday to have some adventures. Please bring Wallis back on Monday.

 

PE -  Your child will need their PE kit in a named bag hanging on their peg; this should be in school every day.  We try to go outside when the weather is dry, so as well as a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, your child will also need a pair of jogging bottoms or leggings; they will need plimsolls or trainers to run around in.  PE sessions for this half term will be on a Wednesday and a Thursday.

 

Reading books will be sent home but not reading records at the moment as these will be kept in school. Stick a note in the reading book when you want it to be changed. 

 

Forest School happens fortnightly in KS1, usually on a Monday afternoon. Our sessions this half term will be on Monday 14th September, Monday 28th September and Monday 12th OctoberYour child will need a warm change of clothes (layers are good) that you don't mind getting muddy, a pair of wellies or old trainers, a waterproof coat and a spare bag for dirty boots, all of which needs to be in a bag on your child's peg.     

 

Homework is given out on a Friday in a folder, it needs to be completed by the following Thursday.

 

Mrs Horn and I are very happy to have the class back in school. 

 

 

Self Portraits - can you guess who they are?